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3 Wellness Retreats…For Perfect Travel Destinations

by Nicole Dorsey Straff

La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Who goes? All fitness levels, families, girlfriends. In a setting that redefines “green” even by Costa Rica’s greener-than-most standards, Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort introduces several comprehensive lifestyle and wellness programs designed to engage visitors in meaningful and transformative change. Harnessing the active Arenal Volcano’s energy, its natural thermal springs’ healing powers and its own all-natural Ayurvedic approach, the five-star, carbon-neutral resort’s highly personalized program provides the tools to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Under a licensed nutritionist’s supervision, guests experience a fully integrated plan designed to anchor them on a path to wellness.

Williams Lake Vancouver, British Columbia
Who goes? Families, couples, active girlfriends, teens, novice exercisers Two-day wellness-hiking retreats are offered once a month at this rustic lodge, but many guests stay for 30 to 60 days. Guests learn healthy, mindful eating habits while enjoying seasonal foods raised by local organic farmers, and an in-house kinesiologist provides one-on-one training and fitness testing. Guests exercise, stretch, chant and meditate in the morning and have time to explore 100 miles of trails with lakes, meadows and waterfowl in the afternoon. The refurbished spa formulates its own Canadian wild rosehip oils for hydrating massages and facials. Upcoming retreat dates are January 13-15, February 17-19 and April 20-22. spabc.com


Carlsbad, California
Who goes? Frustrated dieters, novice exercisers, teens, anyone who requires supervised weight loss. Couples often come together and may stay up to four weeks to drop dress sizes, de-stress and adopt healthier habits. “We provide guests with a sunny, luxurious atmosphere in which they can excel at total wellness,” says vice president and general manager Paul McCormick. “La Costa does this via a team approach, and every detail is taken care of.” A team of personal trainers, physicians, nutritionists, behavioral therapists, chefs and massage therapists provides customized programs based on comprehensive medical evaluations. For an extra fee, enjoy surf camp on 400 acres of coastline or try two PGA golf courses, 17 tennis courts and water aerobics.


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